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Boardman bikes..any opinions?

Old 12-18-13, 07:14 AM
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Boardman bikes..any opinions?

I've been aware of them for years having seen them launch in Halfords, but I have to admit that Halfords makes me sneer at them, but I think maybe that is just the history of Halfords being not really very expert in bikes. Maybe Boardman getting together with them was their way of upgrading to a higher end business.

So how good are the Boardman bikes and how successful or not is the Boardman brand as a business?
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They look nice but I never saw one in person nor do I know if they are made well but I like them bunch
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For those of us mired in the US of A, what is a "Halford's"? Heck, for that matter, what is a Boardman? Are we talking about the pro cyclist who may have spawned a bike brand? I will be happy to return the favor when needed.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
For those of us mired in the US of A, what is a "Halford's"? Heck, for that matter, what is a Boardman? Are we talking about the pro cyclist who may have spawned a bike brand? I will be happy to return the favor when needed.
Yes it is the bike brand created by Chris Boardman.

Halfords is an auto shop chain that sells car parts and tools etc. It also sells bikes but had the reputation of not being particularly expert. I would go to a bike shop rather than Halfords. I guess it is not as bad as department store bikes but not much better. But they are a big chain so I can see why any brand would look at its reach and be attracted.
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They are great bikes. They get good reviews and are great value for money. The cheapest (£500 - £1299) performance series is exclusive to Halfords in the UK, which is not great, but you can get the Elite series from certain LBSs.
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Alistair Brownlee, who won the gold in tri at London rides an AiR TT9.8. FWIW.
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I love mine! I'm not sure how successful the business is but it appears from a distance that they are doing pretty well based on the amount of bikes they now make and the fact that he has a few world Champs riding them. Pete Jacobs is another sponsored rider. They just came out with a CX range as well.
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They do seem to be expanding. I wonder if they are getting anywhere in America.
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Nah there is plenty of Brands over here already , most contract built on Taiwan.

might be where those are built too ..
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Originally Posted by coasting
They do seem to be expanding. I wonder if they are getting anywhere in America.
They aren't in my area yet, but they seem to be adding dealers here and there. All the reviews I've read have been good.

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Boardman Bikes Elite Series:
Action Sports, Bakersfield, CA teamactionsports.com
all3sports, Atlanta, GA all3sports.com
Austin Tri Cyclist, Austin, TX austintricyclist.com
Bonzai Sports, Falls Church, VA tribonzai.com
Competitive Cyclist, Park City, UT competitivecyclist.com
Davis Wheelworks, Davis, CA daviswheelworks.com
Inside-Out Sports, Cary & Charlotte, NC insideoutsports.com
Nytro Multisport, Encinitas, CA nytro.com
Precision Bikes, Lafayette, LA precisionbikes.com
Pro Cycling and Fitness, Miami, FL trijungle.com
The Racer's Edge, Boca Raton, FL theracersedge.net
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sounds to me like they are good bikes and just need to expand their marketing.
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I live in Austin, so Austin Tri-Cyclist, as noted above, has them, and is my preferred shop. I don't have one personally (I
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